On Saturday the the Cross Country and Downhill were contested at the 2014 Collegiate MTB Nationals with FLC getting 3 riders on the podium.
Becky Gardner defended her Downhill national title with a win the women’s race with teammate Leila Carrillo taking 3rd place and Sofia Gomez Villafane taking 6th. Those placings earned the Lady Hawks 1st as a team.
The en’s cross-country was the first race of the day that included 6 laps of a 3.5 mile course with a very significant climb to start. CU’s Sepp Kuss took the win for his second national title of the weekend. Payson McElveen was the first FLC rider with a 5th place finish. After riding in the top 5 for most of the day Stephan Davoust earned 7th and his teammates Mike Sampson and Levi Kurlander got 15th and 16th respectively.
In the women’s XC Sofia Gomez Villafane started strong but faded with leg cramps as the race continued around for 5 laps and ended up 6th. Jenna MacPherson shone bright in her first season on mountain biking and picked ladies off all day for 7th place. The Endersbe sisters rode strong to finish 16th and 18th respectively for Carley and Libbey. Cara Woods had a tough day and ended up 23rd in the 30 rider field.
In the Men’s downhill Brian White finished 9th, Joe Crosby 11th, Andrew Fortini 14th and Zach Graveson got a flat half way down the course to finish a disappointing 18th.
On tap for the final day is the Team Relay and the crowd pleasing Dual Slalom. FLC sits 53 points behind the leader, CU, and has a a 46 point cushion on third place Marian. FLC rider Mike Sampson leads the individual omnium after competing in all three races contested so far and Sofia Gomez Villafane sits in 2nd in the womb’s omnium.